100 Years Ago

From April 1919

President Taft speaks during Sanger stop

Former president of the United States William Howard Taft made a brief address at Sanger this morning from the platform of his train as he passed through the city on the way to Oklahoma. When it was learned early this morning that Mr. Taft would be on the northbound train, the school was dismissed, and a large crowd had gathered at the station when the train arrived.

Mr. Taft responded to the urgent request for an address and spoke briefly in favor of the League of Nations. The ex-president has filled several dates in Texas speaking on this subject and this is the reason for his passing through Denton County today.

Sacks needed to ship old clothing

Shipment of the worn clothing in Denton by the Red Cross for people of the war-stricken countries awaits only the packing, it was announced Saturday. Sorting of the garments has been completed and the piles of worn clothing and old shoes present the appearance of articles arranged for a bargain sale.

Joe L. Blewett of the salvage committee of the Red Cross issued a call for grain and bran sacks in which to pack the garments so that they can be shipped at once. Such sacks should be taken to the Red Cross.

Tax on fountain drinks increases to 6 cents

After May 1 it will cost 6 cents to get a “coke” as well as the other few remaining 5 cent drinks. That is the date a new federal tax on fountain drinks goes into effect.

It is said that both 5 cent and 10 cent drinks will be advanced on that date. A complete copy of the tax schedule has not yet been received here and it was not known just what the price of 15, 20 and 25 cent drinks will be.

It will be necessary to handle a great number of pennies at the fountains and much change-making will be occasioned. Soda fountain clerks do not view with favor this additional work that will require a great deal of additional time.

Cigars, cigarettes and tobacco have also been increased in price to meet the new federal tax.

75 Years Ago

From April 1944

USO busy with activity for plasma bank

The USO Center in Denton was a beehive of activity Monday as the blood plasma center was set up by the Fort Worth Area American Red Cross Blood Donor Center. Blood donors began to arrive at 1 p.m. at the rate of 12 every 15 minutes.

The southeast section of the USO Center has been screened off to be used as the “bleeding room” where the blood donations will be made. The remainder of the center will be used for registration, physical checking and preparation of light refreshments.

Members of the B.&P.W. Club, who assisted in the registration for the blood donations, are in charge of the check room. Denton Canteen Corps members are donating and serving the light refreshments before and after the blood donation process and the local Nurses Aide Corps members are helping the registered nurses in the bleeding room.

This is the first trip the unit has made from the Fort Worth Area Center. The next stop, later this week, will be at Henrietta.

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Garden Club’s emphasis placed on vegetables

The Denton Garden Club, organized originally for the growing of plants and shrubs, is for the second year changing its emphasis to vegetable gardening and the early spring meetings and programs planned along that line. Members have been urged to plant victory gardens and many have done so.

At last month’s meeting members discussed the growing of herbs, much needed now that many commercial herbs are off the market because of having been imported or because of transportation, as well as seed germination and practical pruning of fruit trees and berry vines.

50 Years Ago

From April 1969

Square’s electric lines going underground

The Denton County Commissioners Court agreed to adopt a resolution Monday giving the city the right to lay an underground cable around the courthouse in order to install new street lights on the Square.

Judge W.K. Baldridge said that Jim Little, city of Denton superintendent of electric utilities, planned improvements in the immediate downtown area.

Baldridge said the plan is to remove all aerial power lines on both sides of the streets and replace them with underground cables. The new street lights will be the aluminum type with concretes base, such as those on McKinney Street near the cluster of the civic buildings.

New traffic lights will also be installed around the Square.

Paper boy on unicycle is a big wheel

As he explains it, it’s just his bag.

Jeff Rogers is a paper boy for the Denton Record-Chronicle — and the only one delivering his papers while riding a unicycle.

It does take him a little while — about 45 minutes for 71 houses — but Jeff says it beats walking. “A lot more fun,” he says.

The ninth-grade student at Strickland Junior High got his unicycle as a gift Christmas before last. His mother, Mrs. Jack Rogers, promised him a dollar if he would learn to ride it. After earning his dollar, Mrs. Rogers bet him $5 that he couldn’t throw his paper route while riding it.

With grim determination, Jeff again bent to the task. One day he came home from school, silently slung his paper bag over his shoulder and pedaled off into the sunset.

It takes balance and stamina to ride a unicycle, and Jeff says that the toughest thing of all is to make a good 180-degree turn.

Sometimes the novelty wears thin, even for an avid unicyclist. That is when Jeff delivers his paper from his go-cart.

25 Years Ago

From April 1994

UNT’s Curry Hall houses nostalgia

The unveiling of a Texas historical marker Friday at Curry Hall, the oldest remaining building on the University of North Texas campus, caused some to reminisce about “the good old days.”

“My fondest memories come from the museum,” said Mike Cochran, who worked as a volunteer during the 1970s cataloging the collection of artifacts when the building was a museum.

One item he recalled was a collection of lava rocks that could be used to play music. “That was a great thing. I used to play that for hours.”

When it was built in 1913, the building served as a library and gymnasium for what was then North Texas State Normal College. It became known as the Historical Building in 1925 when history professor Joseph Lyman Kingsbury began the museum.

The building was remodeled for classes in 1991, when it was renamed to honor Dr. O.J. Curry, the founder and first dean of what is now the College of Business Administration.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Curry passed away before we could present the marker,” said Denton County Historical Commission Chairman Leon Callihan.

“It had been approved though, and he knew exactly what the marker would read.”

The historical marker is one of only 15 in the city approved by the State Historical Commission.

— Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor

DJ TAYLOR resides in the Sanger/Bolivar area. He can be reached at 940-458-4979 or djtaylortx@centurylink.net.

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